4 Steps to Make your own Habits easily
To run a really good business, you need 2 things
A strategy being foundational, sort of a bird’s eye view, a huge idea that really makes the foundation, everything you’re trying to do.
And Tactics being the most in the trenches plants that allow you to carry out the strategy on a day-to-day basis.
While running a business and making a habit aren’t completely identical. But they have something in common, you need both strategies and tactics.
So let’s just jump on both key components from Atomic Habits, to build a last long habit.
[I have read a lot of self-development books, and when it comes to building habits, I think Atomic Habits is the best]
4 Stages of Habit Making (Strategy)
Habit Making have four parts:
- The Cue
- The Craving
Let’s understand all these parts from a short story:
The Cue: Your room is dark and you can’t see anything.
The Craving: You want light to see because maybe you can hit the wall.
The Response: You switch-on the light.
The Reward: The room is no longer dark anymore. And it’s safe to jump around(not too safe to jump, so kindly walk).
How can you use this to make new habits
Let’s see, how we can make new and effective habit:
♦ The Cue: This is the trigger. It can be something simple like your task in your to-do list and a specific time to do the task.
♦ The Craving: It’s your why, why you want to do the task? Maybe it is what your life depends upon.Even if you don’t have a reason, find a small one.It can double the chance of doing a task.
♦ The Response: It’s you doing the task. Here you can use the ‘2 minute Rule’.
♦ The Reward: It’s the outcome you get by doing a task.If the task doesn’t have any short term benefit, then you can surf on the internet for 10 mins as a reward.
So, we have discussed how we can make habits and this also can be used to eliminate bad ones. Habit can be used as a powerful tool against procrastination.
Because you already tell your brain that it’s good for you and it has some rewards. So your brain help you to do the task and not to procrastinate.
Friends don’t worry if you struggle with it. I also personally struggle a lot with habits. At the same time I also realize it’s power. That’s why if you are serious about habits, please check out,
4 Steps to Make your own Habits (Tactics)
So we have discussed the 4 stages of habit making and use it strategically. But to make something a habit and stick to it for long, we need to follow some rules(Tactics). In order to successfully make and stick to a habit.
Let’s read 4 rules to stick on a habit
1. Make it obvious- Any habit you’re trying to build, shouldn’t come with question marks on it. Where am I going to do it? How do I do it? When do I do it?
Problem:- Let’s assume you’re trying to make a habit- to eat vegetables daily. But at the, you will find yourself end up eating a baby carrot daily, and saying- “I ate vegetables!”.
It’s common that if you don’t make that habit obvious, you’re gonna fall on the bare minimum. And find no progress at all.
Solution:- Instead of saying “I will eat vegetables”, you should say “I will only eat vegetables once a week and fries are not allowed”. What you have to do is to set some specific requirements. This works better every time.
You can also track your habits. Because we humans have a really fallible memory. Using some habit tracking apps, we can track or progress. This step could help you to know the amount of action you’re doing is accurate.
Inshort:- Make the habit effective. Make some required specifications for a habit.
2. Make it attractive– Habit making requires some discipline, motivation and some willpower. Start with something you already liked to do. It’s always better to start with something you already liked to do. Because at the beginning it will mostly take your willpower to do it.
Problem:- What if we don’t like the habit? but it’s important!
Solution:- Make your Environment more supportive. If I want to do maths for 2 hours. I simply first turn off the notifications, take deep breaths, take everything I need, and start working on maths.
What I did is, I made an Environment for me, for maths.
What you’re going to do could be different, maybe you can’t turn off notifications while working. But hey whatever works for me, works for me and whatever works for you, works for you!
Inshort:- Make your Environment better. So you can get in a flow.
3. Make it Easy– This is actually really important.
Problem:- Maybe you want to learn guitar. And you keep your guitar in your case. And you need 30 seconds to take out your guitar. And more than 1 minute to keep that back in the case.
This actually stops you from playing in your free time.
Solution:- Let’s assume you keep the guitar easy to access. Now you will play the guitar, much more often. And your skills will grow much faster.
Example: If you want to set a reading goal of 500 words per day, maybe you need 3000 words sometimes. But if you set your goal to 3000 words daily. You will find yourself failing in many days.
In short: Take Baby steps, if you want to do meditation, start with a 2-minute meditation goal.
4. Make it Satisfying- The concept of delayed gratification. This is when you forgo a present reward, for a better future reward.
This happens more often in modern days, we go to school because we want something far into the future. But our ancestors were hunter-gatherers. We need some kind of short-term reward.
Problem:- If we don’t know what we are gonna get out of something. We can’t do it!
Solution:- Break your work into chunks and give yourself a small reward after the completion of each chunk. And make sure you know what you will get at the end of the day.
In short: Give yourself some short-term rewards. And use Delayed Gratification.
Now we just know almost everything we need to know about habit formation but we don’t have any practical idea of how to use it.
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And hope you learned something interesting!